Use a can opener to liberate items from clamshell packaging (a.k.a. those impossible-to-open hard plastic shells).

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Once a month, add a cup of Distilled White Vinegar & 1 Cup of Baking Soda directly into the drum and use HOT water for washing. Then, I add about ½ cup of vinegar into the fabric softener compartment and ½ cup of baking soda into the detergent compartment. Set the wash on “Quick Wash” with HOT water and High Spin Cycle. If the mold situation is really bad,use bleach instead of vinegar and baking soda. But make sure you run a few empty cycles just with hot water before doing a load of wash.

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Polishing 101: Your guide to removing tarnish from stainless steel, brass, pewter, copper, and silver.

To remove stains from upholstery, dip a clean cloth in vodka and rub it on fabric to help take out stubborn stains caused by ink, grass, and some foods. | Photo: Nancy Andrews |

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